BILLY McConnell emerged from a race-long battle to win today’s final Pirelli National Superstock scrap as Tom Neave lifted the championship trophy.
While Rich Energy’s Aussie battled through to beat former Motostar champ Jordan Weaving by just a few hundredths of a second, it was Honda Racing’s Neave who collected enough points to be crowned Stock king.
In what he claimed would be his last race before retirement, pole-sitter Taylor Mackenzie made the holeshot ahead of Tom Ward and Jordan Weaving, with Shane Richardson and title contender McConnell just behind.
But it was all over just behind for last year’s champ Chrissy Rouse two corners in as he tucked the front at Druids and crashed out of contention.
As Mackenzie pulled more than a second clear with just two laps in the bag, McConnell was making moves as he slotted into fourth before picking off Ward at Druids on lap three, knowing he needed to win to have any chance of taking the title.
And with Tom Neave back in 16th and out of the points as they began the fourth lap, the Aussie’s hopes were looking more and more promising.
Mackenzie’s gap on the Bathams BMW began to come down as Weaving and McConnell made inroads and by half distance, the three were back in touch in a battle for top honours.
With just over four laps to go, Platform Hire man Weaving found a way past Mackenzie before McConnell followed him through into second and moments later, McConnell sliced up the inside of the South African at Hawthorn.
But as McConnell held on to take victory in the final race of the season a mere 0.043sec clear of Weaving, with Fraser Rogers bagging third for IN Competition Aprilia, it was factory Fireblade rider who Neave secured the championship as he crossed the line in eighth place.